Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac

Monastery in Magog

This peaceful monastery sits on the western shore of Lac Memphrémagog, about 12km south of Magog. The complex is a striking blend of traditional and modern architecture, including a hallway awash in colorful tiles and a lofty church with exposed structural beams and brick walls. If you can, visit at 7:30am, 11am or 5pm, when the monks practice Gregorian chanting, famous throughout Québec. Equally famous are the monks' apple cider and finely made cheeses.

People from throughout the province descend on the abbey’s shop to buy the monks' cider and cheese, along with jams, jellies, sweets and chocolate-covered blueberries.

There’s a hostel for men here and another for women at a nearby nunnery.